One of the most popular one day trips near Barcelona is Montserrat. This peculiar mountain range, that stands for jagged mountain in catalan, is home to the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia. It’s a very popular one day trip from Barcelona.
A little bit of history
The curvy-like stones are product of a geological process that ocurred millions of years ago when all this region was a delta. The erosion shaped the stone into an intricate array of caves, peaks and cracks, many resembling animals like the famous peak called “The elephant”.
It was the place chosen to build the Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat. Popularly, it is known as “La Moreneta” or the Black Madonna.
It is believed that the wooden-carved statue turned to dark after the effect of the varnish after time. Legend say that in 880, shepherds saw a light coming down from heaven at this place. The local Bishop in Olesa, the nearby town, organized an expedition and the holy image of the Virgin was found in a cave.
Apparently, the holy image was so heavy that the Bishop interpreted that the Virgin wanted to stay there, so he ordered the construction of a chapel. The monastery would be built years after, although its origins are uncertain. It’s possible to get a quick look of “La Moreneta” inside the Monastery, but expect long queues.
What to see in Montserrat
There are several exciting ways of discovering the area, such as taking a hot air balloon flight. If you prefer a quiet ride, you can book a Half Day Trip or take an extended tour of Montserrat, with tapas and wine.
Aside from the monastery, the library has over 300,000 volumes. On the other hand, the Museum of Montserrat has exhibitions with works by El Greco, Picasso and Dalí.
Activities in Montserrat
Montserrat combines very different activities. While it’s a pilgrimage destination for many believers, it’s also a very popular spot for climbers and hikers.
Many hiking trails connect the top peaks from the monastery and the base of the mountain.
In addition, a great deal of walking routes lead to spectacular observation sites.
There are two Funicular tramways. The Sant Joan Funicular, reaches the top of cliff overlooking the monastery and the Santa Cova Funicular, decends into a sanctuary.
How to get there
Take the metro to Espanya station using L1 or L3, then change for the FGC Railway to S4 Line. If you wish to get there by Funicular Tramway, stop at station Monistrol de Montserrat for transfer.
The following ticket includes metro and return train from Plaza España. It also offers unlimited use of the Sant Joan and Santa Cova Funicular.
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